Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!

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I found the cutest little heart shaped watermelon cut outs last night at the grocery store, which I was planning to have for breakfast this morning (with blueberry muffins along side) – however, we ended up going to our favorite little breakfast cafe this morning, so now I plan to eat muffins and watermelon hearts for dessert tonight now instead (yum!).

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Yesterday I tried a fabulous almond mocha recipe that would also be a delightful treat with a Valentines Day meal.

The recipe is from Food Network’s show 5 Ingredient Fix.  My favorite part of the mocha was the almond milk with honey – seriously, that is a stellar drink just by itself (however, the coffee and cocoa don’t hurt it…!).

Toasted Almond Mocha Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces sliced almonds
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 4 shots espresso or 1 cup very strong coffee
  • 4 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the almonds on a sheet tray in 1 even later and toast in the oven until fragrant and light golden, about 7 minutes.

Put the toasted almonds and milk in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until steaming and hot, but not boiling, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the honey and stir until incorporated, then strain through a fine mesh strainer.

In a warm mug or heatproof glass, mix an espresso shot or 1/4 cup coffee with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and then top with the toasted almond-infused milk. Repeat with remaining espresso, cocoa and hot milk.

(recipe from Foodnetwork)

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